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Sunday 1 December

Tim Royce and Steve Songi
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Acoustic guitar & vocals plus double bass - country, folk, blues and ballads - mellow to rocking. Tim and Steve stamp their own unique sound onto a huge repertoire ranging from Elvis to Elton, James Taylor to Jimi, Simon & Garfunkel to the Stones, Nick Drake to Dylan, and loads more too numerous to fit in here... Why be anywhere else?

Johnny Coppin ‘All on a Winter’s Night’ with Paul Burgess and Dik Cadbury
Tedburn St Mary Methodist Church, School Lane, Exeter EX6 6AA
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
Tickets £15.00+ from WeGotTickets More information Pete Privett telephone 07837 532704 or email
Carols, Songs and Stories from 'a singer unquestionably at the top of his game'
Kick off the Christmas season with a Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman.
Northam Hall, Fore St, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AN
2.00pm.
Enquiries tlephone John Blackburn 01237 476632.
Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm

Monday 2 December
 
Tuesday 3 December
Storytelling Supper: Talking to the Dark
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
6.00pm
£15.00 supper and stories - £5.00 stories only (start approx 8.00pm)

An evening of stories, reflecting the season that brings tales of the Other World closer to our own. Join us for home-cooked supper followed by stories at the fireside. Sharon Jacksties has been telling traditional tales of wonder and delight for over 25 years. Working here and abroad, she has been happy telling stories to all ages in venues that vary from bus shelters to the National Theatre. She shares stories from all over the world, some of which have never been heard on these islands before. Sharon is also the author of ‘Somerset Folk Tales’, Somerset being her adopted county.
Joining Sharon will be students from her ‘Adventures in Storytelling’ course, so come and join in a feast of storytelling.
For more information and tickets go to website

Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Janet Bulpin
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 4 December
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club Jeroka Simon - Maplesden
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Stringaccord - Aileen Wills - Halsway Manor
Thursday 5 December
Belshazzars’ Feast.
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£14.00

Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin return to Halsway with their annual festive show – Christmas starts here! Belshazzars’ Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, sprinkle over a few TV and movie themes, and top it off lashings of laughs for a unique live experience.
Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals), “one of folk’s odd couples”, have for nearly 25 years wowed audiences around Europe, The States and Australia, with virtuoso musicianship tempered by wry humour. Belshazzar’s Feast have appeared live with Claire Balding (BBC Radio 2), Cerys Matthews (BBC 6 Music), on In Tune (Radio 3), and on St George’s Day 2018 they were guest musicians on BBC Radio 2’s The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.
For more information and tickets go to website

St Agnes Fountain
The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
8.00pm
Tickets £20.00+ - Box office 01752 892220. For more information go to website

St. Agnes Fountain are about to embark on their 18th sell out Christmas tour.

Since the group’s first recording of the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, founder member David Hughes, Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and BBC Folk Awards Best Duo 2009, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. They have now released twelve treasured albums; eight studio albums and two live CDs as well as a couple of ‘Best Of’ albums, but it is, without question their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience (tickets were actually being sold for this year's tour as the curtains fell last year)

They hope to bring you this December, more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did!).

Friday 6 December
A Causley Christmas
The Heart of Devon, Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU
Tickets £10.00. Booking essential. Tickets available from WeGotTickets or telephone 01363 82379.
Join Jim Causley in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known carols from the West Country and around the British Isles. Jim takes you for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! 'A natural gift for entertainment’ The Guardian.
Tom Moore & Archie Moss
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 advance, £13.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Widely regarded as two of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a gifted generation, Archie (accordion) and Tom’s (fiddle) finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency.

Whilst borrowing from English and other European traditional dance music, Moore and Moss have their heads firmly in the present, understanding the values of contemporary music.

The distinct pulse, energy and group intuition of traditional music haunts their playing as they continue to push the creative boundaries for English instrumental music; listening and responding to the world around them as much as their musical ancestors.

“Two of England’s most remarkable young musicians. An inherent understanding of traditional forms played out with an entirely contemporary attitude to soundscape. Very impressive.” Martin Green (Lau)

Show of Hands
Exmouth Pavilion Esplanade, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AZ - Box office hotline 01395 222477 - go to website
7.30pm

Adult £26.50, Under 21 £13.50
For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour. And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand. There are no support acts on this tour, and instead during the opening set each musician will introduce themselves and play in six unique duo combinations where literally anything could happen! This will be an evening spent immersed in the talents of some of the most accomplished musicians of their time, and is not to be missed. Steve says, “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty-five years!”. The album and tour promise infectious new songs and a sound with more depth and intensity than ever before.

 

Saturday 7 December
Whinwhistle Hill – midwinter concert
Littlehempston Village Church TQ9 6LY
Doors open at 7.30pm
Ticket prices Adults: £10.00 - Under 16s: £5.00 - Family: £25.00 (2 adults 2 under 16s). For tickets go to WeGotTickets. For more information email, or telephone 01803 864286 or go to FaceBook

A midwinter celebration of traditional music and song. Ancient melodies and uplifting lyrics to warm us through the long nights, performed in the atmospheric setting of Littlehempston's 15th Century village church. Festive treats, mulled apple juice, tea and coffee will be available during the break.

Whinwhistle Hill
Combining strong vocals and resonant instrumentation this dynamic trio will take you on a winding journey across oceans, along rivers and over snowy peaks, including some wintery repertoire put together especially for this concert. Featuring: Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar & voice), Phil Hogg (piano & voice) and Griselda Sanderson (nyckelharpa, hardanger & fiddle).
Jim Causley - History Through Song (Exeter Local History Society)
Jury's Inn, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB
7.00pm
The event is free to members. £3.00 non-members. Booking is essential. Go to website for more information

Christmas Special. History through the contemporaneous thoughts (and voices) of ordinary people. We will explore our history via folk songs from Jim Causley, an English folk singer, songwriter and musician from Devon who specializes in the traditional songs and music of the West Country. Born in Exeter, he is a relative of the Cornish poet Charles Causley.

Described by Mojo Magazine as "the finest singer of his generation", Causley grew up in the heart of Cider Country, an area rich in traditional music with its thriving wassailing tradition and its close proximity to Sidmouth and Dartmoor folk festivals.  

3 Daft Monkeys
Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP
7.30pm
Tickets £5.00 - £9.00 Telephone 01364 653525 or book online at Villages in Action website
Bringing vibrant and sparkling new songs from their recently released album Year of the Clown, festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys perform a brand new set of their quirky, original and upbeat fiddle-driven tunes. Now with a 4 piece line up, the band is taking their famously dynamic live show to new danceable dizzy heights. With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.
Seth Lakeman with special guest Winter Mountain SOLD OUT
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
8.00pm
Tickets £22.00 allocated seating. For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman recorded and released his acclaimed, ninth solo album The Well Worn Path on a short break from his whirlwind world tour with rock legend Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters in 2018 & 2019.  Seth has been touring around the world for the last year with Robert Plant, playing as part of his band and also opening shows with his own set.

Having spent the summer continuing his tour with Rober Plant and playing a number of festivals with his band Seth is now embarking on a solo tour and choosing to play these shows in intimate art centres in towns that he has not visited for a long time. We are delighted to welcome to the Beehive with this solo show.

Since the Mercury Prize nominated “Kitty Jay” (recorded in his kitchen for £300) and the follow-up gold selling “Freedom Fields” Seth Lakeman has relentlessly pushed his musical boundaries and those of folk and roots music. The Well Worn Path is a return to a no-nonsense, organic, classic folk-rock approach with hints of Fairport Convention, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Billy Bragg. Plus Lakeman’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals.

 

The Travelling People
St. Clement's Church, Church Road, Dartmouth. TQ6 9SN
7.30pm
Tickets £12.50 (includes a buffet supper). Telephone 01803 361370 or email
Folk trio from the Derby area who have been entertaining audiences in folk clubs, churches and cathedrals for nigh on 50 years, mainly in the Midlands, but have also performed in France, Ireland and the Isle of Man. But their ‘travelling’ days are over and their farewell tour will finish at the end of this year. So this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this very talented trio who perform a wide variety of music including three-part harmonies, ballads, chorus singing and monologues, on instruments including double bass, guitars, mandolin, ukulele and washboard. Their performances are liberally enhanced with comedy, anecdotes and the history of their songs. They provide entertainment that all the family can enjoy.
BYO drinks.

The Finn Collinson Band
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm
Tickets Full £10.00 - Supporter £8.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Finn Collinson is a recorder player and folk musician from East Anglia. Still in his early 20s, he is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene, performing at folk clubs, venues and major festivals including The Sidmouth Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and FolkEast.
During the summer and autumn, Finn is embarking on a nationwide tour to launch his new album CALL TO MIND. Released in September 2019, the album is a diverse and creative exploration of the contemporary folk genre, with exciting and sensitive arrangements of traditional and contemporary tunes and songs. Captivating the listener from the first breath, the album showcases the recorder in new and exciting instrumental contexts, with beautifully reflective airs and vibrant tunes. Add to this the expressive tone of Finn’s vocals, his dynamic guitar style and the energy of a full band, the album takes you on an unexpected journey of musical storytelling.
Finn will be joined on-stage by his full band, featuring the powerful rhythm section of Jonno Gaze (drums, percussion) and Tom Leader (guitar, double bass) alongside strikingly distinctive oboe and vocals from Emma Beach.
With music that will make you both pause for reflection and dance in the aisles, an evening with Finn Collinson is sure to enthral audiences with its energy and diversity.

Christmas Frolics with The Mellstock Band
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£12.00

The Mellstock Band return to Halsway Manor with a new Christmas and Album. An uproarious celebration of dance, drink and general misbehaviour as carried on at Christmas in many villages until about a hundred years ago – along with sobering admonitions from puritans, parsons and angels. The band perform in period costume with a mix of early and modern instruments. The stories and poems come from Dorset stalwarts Thomas Hardy and William Barnes. Hardy’s family were themselves musicians and collectors of folks song and dance manuscripts. These dance traditions were central to Christmas celebrations alongside the ancillary activities of drinking, singing and revelry. Alongside this are carols dedicated to dancing, bell-ringing and cider, and the Devil’s own tunes, with parsons and preachers caught in the crossfire. The Mellstock Band are running a musicians weekend workshop.
For more information and tickets go to website

Show of Hands
Exmouth Pavilion Esplanade, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AZ - Box office hotline 01395 222477 - go to website
2.30pm

Adult £26.50, Under 21 £13.50

Show of Hands
Exmouth Pavilion Esplanade, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AZ - Box office hotline 01395 222477 - go to website
7.30pm

Adult £26.50, Under 21 £13.50
Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour. And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand. There are no support acts on this tour, and instead during the opening set each musician will introduce themselves and play in six unique duo combinations where literally anything could happen! This will be an evening spent immersed in the talents of some of the most accomplished musicians of their time, and is not to be missed. Steve says, “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty-five years!”. The album and tour promise infectious new songs and a sound with more depth and intensity than ever before.

Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews with Gill Spence Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW
7.30 - 11.00pm.
Some soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Telephone organiser Monty on 01308 423442 or see website for more information
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Shammick Acoustic Open Night
Sunday 8 December
 
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Gerry Colvin
7.45pm
£10.00/£12.00 Book by email
A supremely entertaining act, underpinned by Gerry's ability to write deeply moving songs and to involve an audience with his warmth and humour. Add to that superb musicianship (acoustic/electric guitars, fiddle, accordion, double bass), strong harmonies, a unique, zany presentation style, a touch of Christmas spirit and you can expect lots of laughs and to leave uplifted and happy!
Monday 9 December
Steeleye Span 50th Anniversary Tour
Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
8.00pm (Doors 7.45)
£25.00 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

‘Space Oddity’, ‘Suspicious Minds’, ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘Come Together’ - 1969 could easily be said to be a vintage year for music, the end of a decade that changed the world and the introduction to one that would prove equally inspirational. It would also see the birth of a band that would start as an idea to electrify traditional music and would go on to become one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond.

Fifty years on and Steeleye Span are set to mark this incredible milestone with new album EST’D 1969 and a tour that will celebrate a band that are as creative and vital now as ever. Led by the iconic Maddy Prior, the seven-piece line-up will draw on the group’s incredible history to provide a night of favourites and surprises from down the decades.

Regular events 2nd Monday
STORYTELLING - South Devon Storytellers - Pie Street - 26 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5RY - 7.30pm
Tuesday 10 December

Haunt the Woods
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.00pm
Admission £8.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Haunt the Woods are an exciting Prog Rock/Folk band from Cornwall, with a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of soaring vocals, beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar, combined with 4 part vocal harmonies making the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful.

 

Regular events 2nd Tuesday
SONG - Sidmouth Acoustic Folk Club
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden
MUSIC - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club
Wednesday 11 December
 
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club The Dancing Keys - Ted Farmer
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 12 December
Yuletide! A Tudor Christmas with Piva.
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£12.00 Adults - £5.00 concessions

Join us for a night celebration as we welcome back ‘Piva – The Renaissance Collective’ for their every popular Christmas show.  Seasonal music, songs and traditions of the past played for today. Piva are one of this country’s leading early music ensembles. Playing throughout the UK and Europe they have gained a strong reputation for their lively performances and entertaining shows.

So come and let Piva ease you into the Christmas spirit by celebrating the Yuletide season Tudor style. Dancing, music, feasting, parties and games were part and parcel of a 16th century Christmas, much as they are today, so Piva will be your guide playing festive music on a wide range of instruments typical of the Tudor period.
For more information and tickets go to website

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - Iain and Nick
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2
Brixham Blues BBT2, Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
8.30pm
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - Christmas Carols
SONG - Wadebridge Folk Club Christmas Party with a buffet.
Friday 13 December

Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir A Candlelight Christmas Concert.
St Peter’s Church, Ugborough
7.30pm
Tickets: adults £10.00 (includes a glass of mulled wine/cider and a mince pie), U12 £5.00, in support of St. Peter’s Church Funds. Tickets available from Stafford & Susan Williams 01752 896528 or Jeremy Wells 01364 72180, or on door.

World Unlimited -Knight & Spiers + support Estuary Bells
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £15.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Knight & Spiers ~ A Concert of Seasonal Music from the English Tradition…and Beyond. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond. The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.

 

World Unlimited is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Telephone 01803 875527 or email
Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Go to website for more information

Saturday 14 December
Knight & Spiers at Lynton Town Hall
Lynton Town Hall. Lee Road, Lynton EX35 6HT
8.00pm
Tickets £16.00
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Witness one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today's folk scene.
Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span is paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance in Lynton Town Hall. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance that will be remembered for a long time.

Folk Concert with Ian Bruce support from established local duo, ‘Silvington’ (Tricia Moore and John O’Connor).
South Brent Village Hall
7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm).
Tickets £12.00 on the door or £10.00 in advance from artworks. For more information telephone Elaine on 07834 439219 and see: www.ianbruce.org/.
Ian Bruce is a Scottish Singer songwriter with a wonderful voice and great guitar style, known for his own beautifully crafted compositions, his renditions of Robert Burns’ songs and other folk classics, presented with raw emotion and backed up by a joyful and interactive relationship with his audience. He is one of the best-known faces on the Scottish folk scene and a fine ambassador for the Scottish singer/songwriter genre in Europe and beyond. Apart from his solo work, he is half of the duo ‘Bruce & Walker’ and a member of ‘Auld Hat New Heids’ and ‘Bruce, Besch & Bramkamp’.

Totnes Early Music Society - SOCIETY OF STRANGE AND ANCIENT INSTRUMENTS: The Longest Night
St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5NN
7.30pm
Advance tickets £13.00 (under 18s £5.00) available from the Dartington Box Office (telephone 01803 847070) and website On the door £14.00/£5.00. For more information see website

In Norway, the Lussinatten festival celebrates the longest night of the year. Legend has it that Lussi, a feared enchantress, punishes anyone who dares to work and, from Lussinatten until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roam the earth. Celebrate The Longest Night with devilish tunes, ancient Norwegian and English folk carols and other festive musical treats!

Award-winning Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player and singer, Benedicte Maurseth, SSAI’s director, Clare Salaman and harpist Jean Kelly, play hardanger fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpa, and clarsach (celtic harp). Their collaboration has resulted in a enchanting repertoire of songs, dances and instrumental pieces from Purcell and Playford to traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle tunes and ancient songs
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Sarah Bazeley - Dartmoor Pixie Band
Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL
8.00pm
Admission £8.00 - bring and share supper - raffle.
For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website
SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Afternoon workshop special. Narthen, who are the concert guests in the evening, will be running a carol-singing workshop during the afternoon, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm (including a 30 min, break with tea or coffee, etc.), investigating some of the lesser-known carols in the English tradition. You may have heard of the Sheffield carol tradition, or of West Gallery carols. Here's a rare opportunity to learn more and get involved in these wonderful old localised settings of carols - some of which will be familiar. You can download a booking form for the workshop (with or without the evening concert as well) by from website
SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Narthen
7.30pm
Narthen may be a name new to many – but not for long, I suspect. They are a quartet of fine singers: Barry Coope and Lester Simpson, from the famed but now defunct Coope, Boyes & Simpson, with Jo Freya of Blowzabella and Moirai, and Fi Fraser of PolkaWorks and Old Swan Band, who got together to concentrate on a winter shows, but then took it further so that they could perform throughout the year. Since then, Lester has decided to give up the touring in favour of local choral work, so Narthen have been joined by our local lad Jim Causley, six times a BBC Folk Awards nominee. So the pedigree is there for all the members of the band, but their Christmas show is not just a bunch of folk with good voices belting out traditional carols. It’s a welcoming hotch-potch of stories, poetry and jokes threaded through with carolling and wassailing, both a capella and accompanied by a proper bagful of instruments, blown, plucked, bowed and struck. The show is rich in Variety tradition – there are various nods to Music Hall – and steeped in folk’s past and present. The way the show veers effortlessly between solemnity and silliness makes it a wonderful, and wonderfully warm, winter night out. Narthen will also be running a carol-singing workshop during the afternoon, investigating some of the lesser-known carols in the English tradition. Check out website for further details of the workshop.
Tickets are £9.00 if bought in advance through WeGotTickets or, if you’re in Combe Martin, at The Pack o’ Cards or Pets’ Pantry, both in High Street, or for £10.00 at the door (with a £2.00 discount for members of Shammick Acoustic).  They may also be reserved by ringing Tom & Barbara Brown on 01271 882366.
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance The Eelgrinders

St Matthew's Hall, Newtown, Exeter  EX1 2LJ. 
There is a large public car park across the road which is free after 6.00pm. Doors open at 7.15pm and we will start with some dance tuition at 7.30pm, followed by the first band at around 8.00pm.
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Sunday 15 December
Peter Knight & John Spiers
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00 advance, £16.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

A welcome return for the inspiring duo that is Peter Knight and John Spiers. Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span pairs up with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, now part of the Gigspanner Big Band.
The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.
These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time.
This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond.

“There can be no doubting that both performers are amongst the most, if not the most, talented of their peers.” Fatea Magazine

Steph West, folk harp.
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
3.30pm
£10.00 Adults - £4.00 concessions

Enjoy a 1 hour afternoon recital by harper and singer Steph West. Steph has a particular love of clarsach/folk harp and incorporates traditional English and Irish music into her repertoire. She will also prepare some seasonal music for this special concert.
For more information and tickets go to website

Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Christmas Party
Monday 16 December
Acoustic Warehouse Music and Performance Club Featured Artist
Passage House Inn Hackney Lane Kingsteignton TQ12 3QH
7.15pm
Entry is (as for a normal night) only £2.00 with Open Mic from 7.15pm - 9.15pm. Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091
For more information - visit FaceBook
Tuesday 17 December
Reg Meuross
Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE
7.30pm
Tickets £15.00 Concession £12.00 10% Members discount For more information and to book tickets go to website, telephone box office 01803 847070 or email
A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Party night with Jane thomas and Fresh Aire.
Bring and share supper.

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Geoff Lakeman and Rob Murch 
Bradninch Guildhall, Fore Street, Bradninch. EX5 4NN
Doors 7.45pm start 8.00pm

The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook.

Wednesday 18 December
Ukulele Extravaganza
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.00pm
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Charity fundraiser, donations welcome. 4 top ukulele groups (The Ukeabillies; Plymouth Ukes; Dukers; Queens Dock Ukes) in a charity fundraising spectacular, rasing money for Help For Heroes and The Snowdrop Appeal.
Mad Dog Mcrea
The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
Doors 7.30pm Start 8.00pm
Tickets £17.50+ - Box office 01752 892220. For more information go to website

blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band.

Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and “loyal-to-the-hilt”, fan base – Mad Dog Mcrea are more than just a very popular, festival act – with five albums under their belts, they are serious and acclaimed recording artists too. During 2019 Mad Dog Mcrea will be in the studio recording a new album.

The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard

Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club Jigs for Gigs - Robert Blackborow
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Fresh Aire - Simon Maplesden - Halsway Manor
Thursday 19 December
Mad Dog Mcrea Damnation Alley Tour 2019
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
8.00pm
Tickets £17.50 advance/£20.00 on the door (Standing) For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Well, it wouldn't be Christmas without them!

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band.

Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and “loyal-to-the-hilt”, fan base – Mad Dog Mcrea are more than just a very popular, festival act – with five albums under their belts, they are serious and acclaimed recording artists too. During 2019 Mad Dog Mcrea will be in the studio recording a new album and looking to celebrate with their end of the year tour.
The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!

 

Friday 20 December
 
Regular events 3rd Friday
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Christmas party. No club on 26.12.19.
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Plus level
South West Shape Note - Mulberry House Third Friday Singing Cullompton
Saturday 21 December
Mad Dog Mcrea
Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT
8.30pm
Tickets £17.50 (Advance) From 6.00pm on the night £20.00 - Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets.
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band.
Sunday 22 December
Mad Dog Mcrea
Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT
8.30pm
Tickets £17.50 (Advance) From 6.00pm on the night £20.00 - Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets.
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band.
Country Christmas’ Dinner & Folk Dance
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
6.00pm
£15.00 Dinner and dancing - £5.00 dancing only (approximately 8.00pm)

A dinner-dance, folk style! Enjoy a delicious home-cooked supper followed by light-hearted country dancing. All welcome, including those new to country dance. Jane Thomas (caller) leads the dancing with musicians Gareth Kiddier & Linda Game – better known as The English Contra Dance Band.
For more information and tickets go to website

SONG - Shammick Acoustic Midwinter Carols Night
Castle Inn, High Street, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe EX34 0HS
This is the eighteenth annual Combe Martin Midwinter Carols Night. We have carols (both common and unusual), wassail songs, local midwinter songs. Hand-out books of the songs are provided - with or without music. With punch, sausage rolls and mine pies. Accompanied by a motley miscellany of instrument players (a 15-piece band at the last count!). Just bring your voice (and instrument if you play) for an enjoyable singing evening in the Castle function room - with a bar.
Monday 23 December
 
Tuesday 24 December
 
Wednesday 25 December
 
Thursday 26 December
 
Friday 27 December
Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh - Buttoned Up caller Kate Fincham-Powell
South Brent Village Hall
7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm)
Entry £8.00 (includes one free non-alchoholic drink) on the door or artworks. For more information telephone Eileen 01364 73699 or visit website.
Saturday 28 December
 
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic Open night

Tickets are £9.00 if bought in advance through WeGotTickets or, if you’re in Combe Martin, at The Pack o’ Cards or Pets’ Pantry, both in High Street, or for £10.00 at the door (with a £2.00 discount for members of Shammick Acoustic).  They may also be reserved by ringing Tom & Barbara Brown on 01271 882366.

Sunday 29 December
South West Shape Note - Mulberry House Fifth Sunday Singing Cullompton
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 30 December
 
Tuesday 31 December

New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Caller Anne Gill.
Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
8.00pm - 12.15am
Ticket £12.50, advance only, from Anne Gill telephone 01803 290427.
No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas & Robert Blackborow - Pair of Shears
Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL
8.00pm
Admission £9.00 - bring and share supper - raffle.
For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website